Time Gone By, Time Now, and Time to Come


Clocks

Time again to respond to the Weekly Photo Challenge:

These clocks I’ve carefully restored
  As heirlooms that they are,
And, in my study, they record
  How they can make go far
    Each minute of the passing time –
    The larger gives a lovely chime –
      Their time has travelled well.

For travel clock has journeyed much,
  To places quite far-flung,
The other of a nature such
  That it has hours rung
    In many places all around;
    For half, it gives a single sound,
      Its faithful time to tell.

In many homes across the years
  Tick-tocking,  at one wind,
In times of joy and times of tears,
  For seven days, you find;
   They have become as good old friends
   And though the time of such clocks ends
      These we would never sell.

© February 2016 Colonialist (WordPress)
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A Really Awful Valediction re Downton Abbey?


How Green was My Valet

If he came from Wales!

Now Downton, I must say,

On saying it, fails.

Valet

What justification

To call them ‘vallit’?

American’sation

Is there, quite a bit!

Valet 2

Though dictionary

Does offer ‘lit’ first,

That’s  fiction-ary

From gentry to burst.

Valet 3

Of those who’ve had valets,

I’ve known quite a few;

They rhymed them with ‘chalets’,

As all should still do.

valet 4

For even though Brits may

Beaulieu ‘Bewlee’ call

They still won’t take ‘valet’

As ‘vallit’ to maul.

© February 2016 Colonialist (WordPress)
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Really Awful Rabbit Habit


 

Scampetty & Puff Rabbits

Scampetty and Puff from my ‘Tabika’ illustration by Lee Young

 

The English have such funny habits
And one of them’s to say
On first of month, one or more rabbits –
But white or black, not grey. 

Some claim that it averts bad luck,
And some it brings a gift,
Or if good luck one wants to pluck,
That this will give a lift. 

Some say it needs repeating twice,
Or month where ‘R’ will show,
Or top of stairs, declaiming thrice,
Or backwards downstairs go. 

Why rabbit? If you do not know
Then you need have no fear,
For no-one can a reason show
Why rabbits feature here. 

For centuries, so it is said,
Such habits have been seen –
And those who knew it are all dead,
What origins have been.

© February 2016 Colonialist (WordPress)
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A Few Pennies for a Lot of Thoughts


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For R5-00 at our local flea market yesterday (equivalent to £0-22p or $0-31c) I purchased a set of one CD and one DVD – obtainable from Amazon for £23-63 or R534-81.   For anyone who grew up in and shortly after WWII years, this provides an amazing trip down Memory Lane and into the history of those times.  The cine clips on the DVD are fascinating, and the recordings of the music plus the most notable speeches of Churchill, as well as the declaration of war by FDR in America after Pearl Harbour, add to the feeling of ‘being there’.

Oh, and far more expensively (for another R5-00!) I got a CD of Bill Haley and the Comets with all the usual suspects on it, and some I’ve not heard before.  I didn’t even know that he had done a version of our Rhodesian (as was then) classic, Skokiaan – which refers to a home brew of great potency – or that the last tour of his life in 1980 was to South Africa.

© January 2016 Colonialist (WordPress)
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Such R Certainly Vibrant Occasions


For the Weekly Photo Challenge, we have a Vibrant theme.

R to be seen R granddaughter R on graduating from Grade R with her mother-another-R, some R-t-work, and sister not R but R-sing about.

What R to be seen above R:  granddaughter R on graduating from Grade R, with mother-another-R, some R-t-work, and sister-not-R but R-sing about.

With a vibe to do a rant

Understanding would be scant;

Rather, let this vibrant scene

Show occasion that has been

Not reflected here to date –

From first school, a graduate!

©January 2016 Colonialist (WordPress)
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Water Really Awful Pity.


Portapool

A really good rain
Off roof down the drain …
I’m thinking a thank
That we need a tank
As most modern way
With water to stay.

(Though it is the truth,
When I was a youth,
With tanks we got by
As only supply;
Thus now I’ve just thunk
Our ‘progress’ is bunk.)

Pool cannot refill,
At least, not until
Dam water supply
Gets back to a high;
And backwash can’t do
Unless rains come through.

tanks drums buckets etc

So, till I can get
Big tanks for the wet
I’ll have to make do
With small ones, a few,
For backwash, and then
To pump back again.

At bottom of drum
The dirt will now come,
So then I can pop
A pipe from the top
That water to suck
Which hasn’t got muck.

jug filter

A bit of a flap:
How leaves I can trap?
The glorified jug
Can keep them all snug,
And pump weir’s kept clear
By this ‘handy’ gear.

And now when it rains
I will be at pains
Most tankful to be,
With conservancy –
If rains overfill,
We’ll save it, not spill!

© January 2016 Colonialist (WordPress)
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Optimistic by opting to miss sticks.


And the weekly photo challenge is Optimistic for which I feature the launch of a tree-climbing proclivity in then-younger R.

See my tum? I'm as fit as can be -  I bet that I can climb that tree ...

See my tum? Fit as can be –
I bet that I can climb that tree …

I'm on my way, but now to find A way round roots that wind and wind ...

I’m setting off, but now to find
A way round roots that wind and wind …

Ah, here we go; I'm on my way. Don't move from there, I've come to play!

Ah, here we go; I’m on my way;
Don’t move, you lot, I’ve come to play!

© January 2016 Colonialist (WordPress)
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